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Conquering Chronic Stress: Simple Techniques for a Calmer, Happier You

  • May 10, 2024

Have you ever felt like a hamster on a never-ending wheel? Does your daily routine make you feel tired and leave you tense? If your answer is yes (and be honest!), this guide will help you. 

Who wants to be in stress? Obviously, no one! That is why one should look for some simple and practical ways to tame the stress beast. From breathing exercises that will have you sigh in relief to techniques that help you identify your stress triggers (think of them as your stress villains!).

 So, buckle up, and take a deep breath, and get ready to reclaim your inner peace!

Chronic Stress: A Modern Illness

Studies reveal a grim reality: chronic stress is an epidemic. According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 80% of Americans experience moderate to high levels of stress in a typical month.

In addition to leaving us feeling helpless, this continual fight-or-flight mode impairs our immune system, raises our risk of heart disease, and exacerbates anxiety and depression. So, how do we break free from this insidious cycle? Fortunately, we don’t have any power. 

We can cultivate resilience and reclaim our inner peace by incorporating simple yet powerful techniques into our daily lives.

What Triggers Your Stress?

Do you feel like you’re constantly on edge? Do you want to hide beneath the covers just thinking about your inbox? Everybody has those periods when life tosses a lot of curveballs at them, and occasionally, those curveballs land squarely in our stress zone. 

However, before you give up on living a life of constant stress, let’s investigate the cause of this fight-or-flight panic!

Importance of Seeking Support

  • Strength in Numbers

Being under constant stress can be lonely. Sharing your struggles with trusted friends, family, or a holistic health coach creates a safe space to vent and gain a fresh perspective.  It can be immensely reassuring to know you’re not alone.

  • Expert Guidance

A holistic coach may help you pinpoint the sources of your stress and create specialized coping skills. But what is a holistic health coach? A holistic health coach is a wellness professional who takes a whole-person approach to improving your health. They include techniques like CBT to reframe unfavorable ideas and mindfulness exercises to foster composure.

  • Learning from Others

Support groups offer a special chance to interact with those going through comparable struggles. Through exchanging experiences, you can pick up helpful coping mechanisms and gain confidence from the group’s combined strength.

  • Proactive Approach

Ignoring long-term stress causes anxiety, burnout, and even physical health issues. A proactive step toward a happier, healthier self is asking for help.

  • Investing in Yourself

Having a solid support network is an investment in your health, not a luxury. Don’t be afraid to reach out for the support you deserve. Remember, tackling chronic stress is easier with a team by your side.

Techniques for a Calmer You

It’s time to arm yourself with stress-reduction strategies now that you’ve determined what causes your tension. Here are some effective weapons to add to your toolbox:

  • Mindfulness Meditation

Imagine stepping off the speeding treadmill of your mind and finding a quiet corner within yourself. Simply put, mindfulness meditation is the discipline of concentrating your attention on the here and now without passing judgment. It has been demonstrated in numerous studies to be useful in lowering anxiety, tension, and even chronic pain. 

Online and through apps like Headspace and Calm, many guided meditations are accessible. Daily practice, even for a short while, can have a profound impact.

  • Deep Breathing Exercises

Have you ever observed that your breathing becomes rapid and shallow when you are stressed? Practice deep breathing to quickly and effectively trigger the body’s relaxation response. Try this easy method: locate a peaceful area, take a comfortable seat, and close your eyes. 

Feel your tummy expand as you take four slow, deep breaths through your nose. Hold for two counts, then gently release the breath through closed lips for six counts. For several minutes, repeat this cycle while concentrating on the soothing pattern of your breathing.

  • Nature’s Embrace

Studies have shown that spending time in nature can significantly reduce stress levels. Whether it is a walk in the park or a hike in the woods, immersing yourself in the sights & sounds of nature can have a profound calming effect.  So, give up screen time and enjoy the great outdoors instead!

  • The Power of “No”

It is common for us to believe that we must take on more than we can manage. Saying “no” to people gives you the ability to prioritize your well-being & set healthy boundaries. Remind yourself that turning down requests that would make you feel overburdened is acceptable.

  • Move Your Body

Exercise is a potent stress buster. Physical activity releases endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. 

Find an activity you enjoy: swimming, dancing, or a brisk walk. Even small bursts of exercise throughout the day can even make a difference.

Developing Coping Mechanisms: Building Resilience

  • Challenge Negative Thinking

Positive self-talk should be swapped out for more empowering and realistic ideas. For instance, reframe the thought to be, “This deadline is tight, but I’ve met challenges before,” as opposed to, “I can’t handle this deadline.” I am able to plan and complete tasks.”

  • Practice Gratitude

Your perspective can be greatly altered by taking the time to recognize and be grateful for all the positive aspects of your life. Make a thankfulness notebook and include a few things you are thankful for every day. This easy exercise can improve your mood and make it easier for you to handle stress.

  • Prioritize Sleep

A prolonged lack of sleep impairs your capacity to handle stress. Aim for seven to eight hours of good sleep every night. Establish a calming evening ritual and make your bedroom conducive to rest.

  • Connect with Others

A strong stress reducer is social support. Take care of your loved ones, confide in reliable friends, and think about signing up for a support group. Their feeling of community can significantly impact the general well-being of an individual.  

  • Seek Professional Help

Do not hesitate to seek professional assistance if long-term stress negatively affects your day-to-day functioning. A therapist can even help you manage stress & enhance your general mental health by offering advice and creating individualized techniques.

Remember- You Are Not Alone!

Chronic stress can be isolating. It emphasizes the necessity of building a support network to combat stress. This network can include friends, family, holistic health coaches, and support groups. Knowing you’re not alone in facing stress can be a powerful tool for overcoming it.

Codex Team